WEATHERFORD, Okla. — The Eastern New Mexico University Zias scrambled to a 0-0 tie at Southwestern Oklahoma on Friday, and kept themselves in contention for the sixth and final berth in the upcoming Lone Star Conference women’s soccer tournament.
ENMU (9-8-2, 2-4-2), playing its second consecutive draw, remained in a tie for sixth place with East Central (7-6-3, 2-4-2), which tied Angelo State 2-2 at home. The Zias and ECU played to a 2-2 tie in Portales last Sunday.
Eastern ends LSC and regular-season play today with an 11 a.m. (Mountain time) match at league-leading Central Oklahoma.
ENMU coach Travis McCorkle said the team was disappointed not to get the win against the last-place Lady Bulldogs (5-8-4, 1-5-2) in a battle of perhaps the two most improved teams in the LSC this season.
“In the second half we played with more determination to win,” McCorkle said. “Their goalkeeper (Kelli Bass) made a couple of great saves late.
“We were getting chance after chance. Right now, we’re just not dynamic enough to score goals.”
Northeastern State (8-9-1, 2-5-1) also began the day tied for sixth place, but lost at home to Midwestern State 2-1. NSU and East Central trade opponents today.
If the Zias and East Central stay tied for sixth place, the Zias would get the playoff berth by virtue of a better goal differential (minus-4) in conference play than the Lady Tigers (minus-9).
The LSC tournament will be hosted by Texas A&M-Commerce beginning on Thursday.
ENMU 0, Southwestern Oklahoma 0, 2 OT, tie
ENMU 0 0 0 0 — 0
SW Oklahoma 0 0 0 0 — 0
Shots on goal — Eastern New Mexico 6, Southwestern Oklahoma 7. Corner kicks — Eastern New Mexico 7, Southwestern Oklahoma 1. Saves — Eastern New Mexico 7 (Amanda Vanlandingham 7), Southwestern Oklahoma 6 (Lindsey Crook 3, Kelli Bass 3). Yellow cards — Eastern New Mexico 1 (Megan Dozier), Southwestern Oklahoma none. Records — Eastern New Mexico 9-8-2 (2-4-2), Southwestern Oklahoma 5-8-4 (1-5-2). A — 100.
Men’s basketball — Just over two weeks into preseason practice, ENMU gets its first taste of outside competition in a 7 p.m. exhibition game on Monday against the University of New Mexico at The Pit in Albuquerque.
Fifth-year coach Shawn Scanlan said the two-time defending LSC South champion Greyhounds are a little behind where he hoped they’d be, with seniors Jamaal Hunnicutt, Jamal Washington and Irshaun Pinckney trying to bounce back from injuries.
Hunnicutt broke his leg in ENMU’s first-round NCAA Division II regional playoff game against Northwest Missouri State in March, while Washington and Pinckney are coming off ankle surgeries. All will play Monday, but are not in tip-top form yet, Scanlan said.
He added that the Hounds hope to use the game as “a learning experience” against the Division I Lobos. ENMU opens the regular season against NAIA No. 15 Lubbock Christian on Nov. 18 at Greyhound Arena.
“If I were to evaluate our team right now, we’re probably a little behind where I’d hoped we’d be,” Scanlan said. “We have three returning players who haven’t been able to come back all the way, and we’ve put a lot of new things in on offense.
“Everything is targeted to get us where we need to be on Nov. 18.”